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Skills for America’s Future.
Skills for America’s Future (SAF), a policy initiative of the Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute, seeks to create or expand high-impact partnerships between community colleges and businesses to better match training and education to employment opportunities and lead to better trained workers. SAF provides information about successful business-community college partnerships.
Grainger Technical Education.
Grainger is an American company that comes faces to face with these training needs and job opportunities every day, helping customers save time and money by providing them the right products to keep their facilities up and running. Their products go out to 2 million businesses around the world, businesses that are employing and seeking professionals trained in the skilled trades. Grainger provides opportunities for workers to receive technical education in the skilled trades. Tools for Tomorrow® is the scholarship program sponsored by Grainger at nearly 90 community colleges across the nation.
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
AACC is the trade association for community colleges across the United States with more than 1,200 member institutions. The site includes news and information on community colleges across the nation including a community college finder that will help you locate a community college near you.
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD).
CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, nuclear utilities and their associations. CEWD works with education and training institutions, the workforce system and organized labor to address the workforce needs of the energy industry.
The Manufacturing Institute.
The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, conducts research about the workforce needs and public perceptions of the manufacturing industry. In addition, they have developed a Manufacturing Skills Certification System (MSCS). The MSCS is a system of nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials needed to be productive and successful on the job.
Help Wanted: Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018.
This 2010 study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce provides background information on the future educational needs of American industry.
Leadership Wanted: US Public Opinions on Manufacturing.
This 2012 report from the Manufacturing Institute examines the results of the Institute’s fourth annual survey of American citizens measuring their perceptions of the manufacturing industry in the United States relative to other industries.
National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).
The National Coalition of Certification Centers was established to address the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized portable certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.
Right Skills Now.
Right Skills Now is a program that provides a curriculum based on the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System and apprenticeship opportunities for workers in preparation for careers in the manufacturing industry.
Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA).
The PMPA is an international trade association representing the interests of the precision machined products industry. While PMPA consists mainly of North America based manufacturers, its members also operate facilities in various industrial markets around the globe.
Sector Skills Academy.
To build on the momentum of sector work and to strengthen, sustain and grow the field, the first Sector Skills Academy was initiated in June 2005 by three well-known organizations in the sectoral workforce development field: The Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative, the National Network of Sector Partners, and Public/Private Ventures. Major funding is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The Academy provides emerging leaders with an opportunity for experiential learning with practical applications for present and future work in the sector field.
The Aspen Insitute’s Business Value Assessment Toolkit
The Business Value Assessment Toolkit provides hands-on guidance and practical tools that a workforce program manager can use to plan and measure business results that accrue from a workforce partnership.